Infringe definition

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To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing.

An increased workload that infringed on his personal life.

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To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate.

Infringe a contract; infringe a patent.

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(obsolete) To defeat; invalidate.
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To break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate.
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To infringe is defined as to violate a law or agreement, or to exceed limits.

An example of to infringe is breaking a hospital's rule of no smoking on hospital grounds.

An example of to infringe is to build a fence that extends onto your neighbor's property.

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Break or violate a treaty, a law, a right etc.
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(intransitive) Break in or encroach on something.
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infringe on
  • to break in on; encroach or trespass on
    To infringe on their right to privacy.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of infringe - enfringe

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

infringe on

Origin of infringe

  • Latin īnfringere to destroy in- intensive pref. in–2 frangere to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin infringere (“to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy”), from in (“in”) + frangere (“to break”).

    From Wiktionary